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Discuss Newbery Winning The Girl Who Drank the Moon at Byrd's Books on Aug. 17

Byrd's Books will host a book discussion of this year's Newbery Award Winner, "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill. This family-friendly book group, suitable for all ages, will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 1 - 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to register for the event by clicking here.

About the book: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule-but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her-even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

Byrd's Books' regular book club for adults only will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the same book.

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave in Bethel. For more information, visit Byrd's Books online here.

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